ISPA EXPO is muy caliente

ISPA’s Crabcakesupcoming EXPO in March promises a wide variety of activities–both on the convention center floor and after-hours. Personally, I’m into crab cakes and Edgar Allan Poe stories. So, if I do get a little downtime…

Attendees need to circle their calendars for the seminar on Tuesday, March 11th, at 2 p.m. I predict we will see a heavy turnout for this pre-conference seminar: "1633: What to Expect One Year Later." (Has it really almost been a year now? Wow.)
The event, sponsored by Stork Twin City Testing, will have a solid panel of experts offering their opinions on how the mattress industry has been fairing with 1633, and they will probably give us a hint on where 1633 will take us this next year.

Panelists will consist of Bob Sabalaskey, VP of manufacturing and product engineering for Lily Management Group, independent consultant Scott Frisch, and Heather Sonabend, a compliance officer for the Consumer Product Safety Commission. We should get a good range of perspectives on FR matters during this panel.

Bob will discuss some ‘hot’ topics (I’m sorry, I had to), like ways that bedding manufacturers are refining their compliance efforts, based on LMG’s ongoing experience.

Scott gave me a little teaser on his focus, mentioning that he is "going to talk about the three roads mattress manufacturers have taken in response to the regulation, with an emphasis on ‘compliant winner’–the people who really tackled this regulation the right way."

Heather, who joined the CPSC 18 months ago, has been assigned to specialize in the mattress industry. I’m sure recordkeeping will be mentioned, so get your notebooks out.

Mary Toro, associate director for the CPSC’s Office of Compliance and frequent contributor to ISPA events, will attend EXPO too. As I’m writing this, she is actively working to arrange for a table or booth so she can exhibit CPSC materials for the attendees.

The EXPO itself is a great way to absorb in one setting that myriad of things happening in our industry. We’ll see new products, processes and service galore, which will help drive the industry forward for a ‘sizzling’ 2008.
I’ll see you there!
                                    –Karl Kunkel, Senior Editor, BedTimes/Sleep Savvy

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